By Gary “Digital” Williams
There will be a nine-bout card coming to Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD tonight. The Keystone Boxing promotion has four six-round contests that include solid up-and-coming local talent.
Undefeated Landover, MD junior middleweight “The Cuban Assassin” Larry Recio will headline the card in his six-rounder against Grayson Blake of State College, PA. Recio (6-0, five KO’s) will be looking for his sixth straight knockout victory in his first scheduled six-round encounter. In his last outing, Recio stopped Daniel Gonzalez in the second round on May 31 at the Washington Convention Center. Blake (5-2, two KO’s) has not fought since February of 2013 and will be trying to break a two-bout losing streak.
In the co-feature, Laurel, MD middleweight Demond “D Best At It” Nicholson will take on Jess “Thunder” Noriega of Lynchburg, VA in another six-rounder. The last six knockouts for Nicholson (7-0, seven KO’s) have come in the first round including a devastating first-round knockout of Lester Gonzalez on June 28 in Baltimore, MD. Noriega (2-10, two KO’s) has been very durable in his last five bouts albeit in losing efforts.
In another six-round encounter, White Plains, MD lightweight Terron “Kid” Grant will take on Jose Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a bout where the won-loss records will not tell the whole story.
Grant (9-0, four KO’s) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Alberto Candelaria on April 18 at Rosecroft. Del Valle (2-7-3) will be facing his fourth undefeated opponent in his last six outings and he will have one distinct advantage over Grant — height. Del Valle is 6’2″ and will have a seven-inch height advantage over Grant at 5’7.”
Also on the card, DC lightweight Joshua Davis returns to action in another six-round contest when he faces Thomas “The Animal” Herrera of Las Vegas, NV. Davis (6-1, three KO’s) won a tough six-round split decision over Joel Flores on March 7 at Rosecroft. Herrera (3-11-1, one KO) makes his first trip to the East Coast and looks to break a four-bout losing streak. Herrera is a durable opponent who has never been stopped in a pro bout.
In four-round bouts, Forestville, MD junior welterweight Myke “The Professor” Fox will take on Shannon Kelley of Columbus, OH. Fox (2-0) won a four-round majority decision over Benjamin Olinga on the last Rosecroft card on June 13. Kelley (0-1) competes for the first time since losing his pro debut in November of 2012.
Hyattsville, MD junior welterweight Patrick Harris (1-0, one KO) will take on veteran Michael Doyle of Prichard, AL (2-9-1, one KO). Harris made his pro debut on the last Keystone Boxing card on June 13 at Rosecroft and scored a first-round TKO over George Palmer.
Featherweight Marq “Monster” Johns of Fort Washington, MD (3-0-1, three KO’s) battles Luis Hernandez of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico (0-4). Johns also fought on the last Rosecroft card and stopped Tony Green in the first round. Hernandez lost a four-round unanimous decision to Christopher Diaz on March 22 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Emmanuel Johnson of Brandywine, MD (1-0) will be in a lightweight contest against Calvin Smith of Prichard, AL (2-7). Johnson won his pro debut on the June 13 Rosecroft card by four-round unanimous decision over Mason Wicket. Smith is another veteran who has never been stopped.
Baltimore, MD welterweight Stephon McDonald (2-0, two KO’s) will take on James Gooding of Tampa, FL (1-6-1, one KO). This will be McDonald’s first time competing in his home state after winning bouts in Virginia and North Carolina. Gooding, after winning his pro debut, is winless in his last seven contests.